Breeding Objectives keep us focused on what is important to our ram buyers production system as well as the key profit drivers for their first cross ewe clients.
At New Armatree we have a SMART Breeding Objective:
S - Specific
M - Measureable
A - Attainable
R - Relevant
T - Time bound
This allows us to focus our selection decisions to be breeding the sheep that you need tomorrow, today.
At New Armatree we are continually reviewing and revising our breeding objective as we meet our targets to ensure that we are striving for continual genetic gain.
Our breeding objective is expressed in ASBV (Australian Sheep Breeding Value) units to ensure what we are actually improving the genetics of our flock.
BLX Index Breeding Objective:
To continue to improve the BLX index at a faster rate than industry.
Breeding Objective for Weight Traits
Birth Weight (Bwt):
Limit Birthweight to 0.3 or under 0.3
Maternal weaning weight
Weaning Weight (Wwwt):
To increase weaning weight at a faster rate than breed average.
Post Weaning Weight (Pwwt)
Continue to increase Pwwt at a faster rate than breed average. Our three year target is an ASBV of 9kg.
Breeding Objective for Maternal Traits
Maternal Weaning Weight (MwwT):
Increase maternal weaning Weight to 0.7 within 3 years
Adult Weight (Awt):
To maintain Awt at the current level and not exceed an ASBV of 10kg.
Breeding Objective for Carcase Traits
Post-Weaning Fat Breeding Objective:
To maintain optimal fat cover between 0.3 to 0.4mm.
Post-Weaning Eye Muscle Depth:
To increase muscling with our three-year target at 1.0mm.
Number of Lambs Weaned (NLW):
Breed towards our target of 16 which is currently more than double current breed average.
Eating Quality Traits
Intra-Muscular Fat Breeding Objective:
Continue to increase Intra-Muscular Fat and maintain levels significantly higher than breed average, currently 0.
Shear Force at Five Days:
To continue to reduce Shear Force (less is best)